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Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, has said its blue tick verification process is “broken” after it verified the organiser of a far-right rally. The social media company was criticised after Jason Kessler, who organised the Unite the Right rally that sparked violence in the US town of Charlottesville in August, tweeted on Wednesday to confirm he had been verified by the platform.

Twitter’s official support account confirmed that its verification system had been “paused”...

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has pushed for ethnic qualifications to decide who is able to become a Dutch lawmaker. “This is the Netherlands’ parliament, you have to be Dutch here. I don’t want a Turk, a Moroccan, or a Swede in parliament. Don’t I have a right to say that? This is my country,” Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker notorious for his anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant views, said in parliament. Wilders, leader of the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), also spoke out against a...

The German Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) is currently investigating almost 400 suspected cases of right-wing extremism within the ranks of the Bundeswehr, the country's armed forces, local media reported Friday. The number of suspected right-wing extremist cases increased from 275 to 391 in the beginning of 2017, the Westfalenpost newspaper reported, citing the response of the German Defense Ministry to the parliamentary inquiry of The Left (Die Linke) party's parliamentary...

About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis took to the streets of the small Tennessee city of Shelbyville on Saturday to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the federal government over the issue earlier this year. The “White Lives Matter” rally, organized by some of the same groups involved in a Virginia march in August that turned violent, drew an equal number of counter-demonstrators and a heavy police presence. After Shelbyville, the protesters were due to travel about...

School officials in Bridgewater apologized Thursday after a classroom photo that appeared to show two white third-graders holding a black child by leashes led to complaints and outrage. In the photo, all three students and an adult are wearing 17th-century garb, and the two white children are holding straps attached to a gown being worn by a black girl who is kneeling on the floor.

According to school officials, the photo was shared by the classroom teacher with parents of her...

Italian police have opened an investigation after Lazio football fans posted stickers of Holocaust victim Anne Frank wearing the jersey of rivals Roma alongside anti-Semitic slogans. The material was found in an area of Rome's Olympic Stadium occupied by hard-core Lazio fans known as "ultras". Italian President Sergio Mattarella called the case "alarming". Anne Frank became famous for her diary of life as a German Jew in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World War Two. Local rivals Lazio and Roma...

Eighth graders in Biloxi, Miss., will no longer be required to read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality and the civil rights movement that has been taught in countless classrooms and influenced generations of readers. Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told The Sun Herald there had been complaints about the book. “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same...

Nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, with the university accused of “social apartheid” over its admissions policies by the former education minister David Lammy.
The data shows that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015, the first time the university has released such figures since 2010. Oriel College only offered one place to a black British A-level student in six...

A Nivea advert that features a black woman using the company’s product with the tagline ‘visibly lightens’ has been branded “racist”. Social media users have called the advert, which has appeared in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal, “racist” and “colourist” and urged that it be taken down. Former Miss Nigeria Omowunmi Akinnifesi appears in the advert for the moisturising lotion, “Natural Fairness”, and in the video version she says that “visibly fairer skin” makes her feel younger. Her...

A noted Swiss investor and business-television commentator Marc Faber faced backlash Tuesday for comments in a newsletter thanking God that “white people populated America, and not the blacks.” CNBC and Fox Business Network said they will no longer book Faber on their shows, and he has been asked to step down from at least one company board.

In response to the criticism, Faber decried what he saw as threats to the freedom of speech. “If you have to live in a society where you cannot...

The elections in Austria have shown a sharp move to the right. They are a further warning of the danger of the far right exploiting the bitterness in society. The leading position, the chancellor, is set to be taken by Sebastian Kurz, of the right wing Conservative People’s Party (OVP). Preliminary results show the OVP with around 31.5 percent of the vote. Two parties are close for second place. One is the fascist Freedom Party (FPO)—whose founders included former Nazis, and whose first...

White nationalists briefly rallied on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes in August led to the death of a woman who was run down by a car. A few dozen white nationalists, led by so-called "alt-right" activist Richard Spencer and carrying torches gathered at Emancipation Park near a covered statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the removal of which was blocked by a court pending the outcome of a legal challenge. Spencer posted a video on Twitter showing the...

As white supremacists prepared to descend on Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, the FBI warned about a new movement that was violent, growing, and racially motivated. Only it wasn’t white supremacists; it was “black identity extremists.” Amid a rancorous debate over whether the Trump administration has downplayed the threat posed by white supremacist groups, the FBI’s counterterrorism division has declared that black identity extremists pose a growing threat of premeditated violence...

A synagogue in Leeds has been daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti. A Swastika and the word "kikes" were painted or sprayed on to the sign outside the Etz Chaim synagogue on Harrogate Road overnight. Police said they were treating it as a hate crime and that patrols in the area had been stepped up.

Jewish MP Fabian Hamilton, whose constituency covers the synagogue, said it was an "attack on an entire community". "Make no mistake, there is no place for this hate in Leeds North East - a...

In August, two men were charged in the beating of a black man during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., in an assault that was captured on video and widely shared. On Monday, a local magistrate in Charlottesville issued an arrest warrant for the man who was beaten, accusing him of the same felony offense.

DeAndre Harris, 20, was beaten with a metal pipe and wooden boards by at least six men inside a parking garage on Aug. 12, and efforts to identify his assailants...